Welcome to Hartshill Academy
Due to the planned Teacher Strike Days Year 6 Transition at Hartshill Academy will be Monday 3rd July and Tuesday 4th July. Pupils should arrive at Hartshill Academy in their current school uniform for 9am and the days will end at 3pm.
Year 6 parent Information Evening will be in the Main Hall at Hartshill Academy 5.30-6.30pm on Monday 3rd July
We look forward to welcoming your children to Hartshill Academy in September.
We are so pleased you have chosen to join us in September 2023 and wanted to provide you with information about the school to help you to look forward and get ready for joining Year 7. Starting a new school can bring with it some anxiety and we hope by giving you information and a point of contact you will feel ready to make this move.
On this section of our website, we will provide you with information to enable this to be a smooth transition from Year 6 to Year 7.
All our new Year 7 pupils will be in a tutor group with other Year 7 pupils. We are in regular contact with all the primary schools and, in particular, the Year 6 teachers and SENCOs, who are providing us with information to help ensure every pupil has a successful start at Hartshill Academy. They will let us know what friendship groups work well together so pupils do not need to worry about not knowing anyone on their first day.
Within June, we will email you a MAT Transition Form. On this form you will find several questions to answer and information that we would like you to read. The form is completed electronically, and replies will automatically be sent back to us at Hartshill Academy once you click ‘submit’. You will find details of term dates, uniform requirements, free school meals and lots of other key information.
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to contact us, so we have set up a dedicated email address for any queries you or your child may have regarding transition. This is: HHATransitions@midlandat.co.uk
Please keep checking this section of the website as we will add information regularly and hope to keep you updated throughout the rest of the term.
Year 7 Pastoral Support Team for September 2023:
Miss Chelsea Wallbank (Head of Year 7) Miss Laura Stubbs (Assistant Principal)
The Midland Academies Trust has a proactive approach to supporting all students through key transition stages. The term ‘transition’ refers to the changes children and young people go through as they progress between different educational settings and move to employment or training. Transition brings changes and often these can cause some anxiety for both parents and their children. Our approach focusses on three main transition points:
• Key Stage 2 - 3 Primary to secondary school
• Key Stage 3 - 4 Career Planning and subject choices at GCSE
• Key Stage 4 - 5 The move from school to College, 6th Form, Apprenticeship or Employment.
Moving from one school setting to another can be stressful and at the same time exciting. Our approach is designed to pre-empt possible issues and work to enable all our pupils to have a successful transition to Hartshill Academy.
Key Stage 2 - 3 Primary to Secondary School
Key Stage 2 - 3 Primary to Secondary School
We work closely with our Primary Partner Schools to offer a variety of experiences to Key Stage 2 children. For some children in Year 4 and 5 the opportunity to visit their local secondary school can begin the bridging process. ‘Hands on’ activities and lessons involving children from Primary Schools working collaboratively with older pupils develops relationships and new skills. Our established programme runs throughout the year and is often focused on the wider curriculum, outside of the core. This eases pupils into a new environment through activities that stimulate and develop their learning.
Key Stage 3 - 4 Career Planning and Subject Choices at GCSE
In Year 9 pupils begin to select their GCSE subjects and are supported through individual and group sessions by experienced members of staff and qualified Careers Advisors. We believe in providing high quality information and encouraging discussion around choices that are supported by local labour market information to enable pupils to feel confident in their choices.
Our planned programme of Careers Education is designed to enable pupils to explore the world of work and future work as they consider a wide range of opportunities and employment. We encourage and invite into school for assemblies and events a wide range of local employers, FE colleges, sixth forms and apprenticeship providers to support decision making and give our pupils meaningful opportunities to ask questions and find out information.
Key Stage 4 - 5 The move from school to FE College, 6th Form, apprenticeship/employment or work
Leaving school for some pupils presents a wide range of new opportunities and for others may present some challenges. We aim to make all our pupils aware of all local opportunities as well as those available nationally. All our pupils receive one-to-one guidance interviews during Year 10 and 11 to help plan for a successful future and access career opportunities. We provide direct access to a range of Post 16 providers through events like ‘Your Future Matters’ designed to engage all our students with employers and providers supporting them to make informed decisions about their future.
Feedback from Parents:
“Really happy with what we have seen.”
“It offers a wide variety of opportunities”
“Positive, very helpful staff and students”
“Welcoming, positive pupils have a pride in their school.”
“Very informative transition evening. The children were a great advert for the school!”
“Hope to see the transition week continued. Our daughter has thoroughly enjoyed it.
“An excellent week and evening. The only problem is our son does not now want to go back to his primary school and wants to start here now”.